Quote from Heathermaizey
That's great. I don't think a misdemeanor that occurred when you were 17 would have been an issue anyway. I'm surprised that since you were a minor it wasn't sealed. I think the main things the board is worried about is felonies and drug charges. I can understand being nervous as it would me too and I think you did the right thing I would just check into the fact that why a juvenile record wouldn't be sealed. Just something I am curious about.
Expunged, sealed, ect. does not exist when applying for a nursing license. I had to report a juvenile offense from when I was 14- underage drinking. I had to tell the BON about an assault charge from when I was 16- and in my state when you are charged as a juvenile you are not actually "charged" with anything, but you still have to report it to the BON.
OP, I am glad that the Texas BON was helpful, but Ohio's BON sure is not. I graduated in May and when I hadn't heard anything from the BON in October I called just to see if I could find out any information. The receptionist was very nice and told me that she was going to transfer my call and that I probably wouldn't get anyone on the line but the answering machine would tell me what to do.The answering machine basically told me to F-off, "do not call us about a case, do not e-mail us, we will contact you".
I knew that I would have to wait longer than everyone else, but it has still been an emotional roller-coaster and exhausting. My school told me that I would be okay and that I was worrying for nothing, but I knew better because I did my own research and I hired a lawyer against their advice. I graduated in May and did not hear anything from the BON until the end of October. They required me to see a psychiatric evaluator, which was expected and fine but I didn't expect the evaluator to be 7 hrs away or cost $3000. The evaluation went good, and I am just waiting now hoping that I get a decision from the BON. They meet every other month, and their meeting is today and yesterday so I hope by this time next month that I hear something from them. The worst part is worrying about taking the NCLEX as I will have been out of school for 9 months soon and I am now not sure if I will pass it now.
My main point being do your research and don't listen to what "others" tell you. This journey has been very difficult, but I'm sure it would have been much more difficult if I listened to everyone and didn't know what I was getting myself in to. As another poster said, once your name is in the court system it is in it and usually must be reported to the BON or is considered falsifying the application. When you go to nursing school with a "criminal" history you should understand that there is a possibility that you will be denied a license. I knew that and worried about every day since I started pre-req's for nursing school, but regardless it has been worth it to me.
OP, I am very happy that you had such a great experience and will be a nurse soon!